Monday, May 27, 2013

Route 66 Bus Tour Tickets Now Available

Southwest Side historian and Garfield Ridge resident Ed Kozak will lead a bus tour of a portion of historic Route 66 (the section between Bloomington-Normal and Springfield).
Kozak on a Route 66 remnant.

Sponsored by the Garfield Ridge Civic League, the trip is scheduled for Saturday, June 29. The motorcoach will leave at 8:00 a.m. (assemble at 7:40 a.m.) from the parking lot of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and School, 5259 South Major, and return at about 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $40 per person.

According to Kozak, the trip will include about 24 points of interest in and near the Central Illinois towns of Towanda, Normal, McLean, Atlanta and Lincoln.

There will be an early-afternoon lunch stop at a local restaurant (the meal is not part of the $40 ticket price).

The motor coach seats about 55 people and is currently about half reserved. The tour is expected to sell out.

By the late, legendary Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire.
To make a reservation and learn more information, call (773) 585-0624, evenings.

According to the Route 66 Association of Illinois, "Route 66 is probably the most well known road in this country, if not the world. Created in 1926, along with the rest of the federal highway system, it existed until 1985 when it was formally decommissioned and replaced by interstate highways. In the time between, it earned a home for itself in the hearts and memories of people across the country. And that place can never be taken by an interstate highway. The road passed through eight states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Illinois was the first state to have its section completely hard surfaced. And it was the first state to replace the old road with the interstate."

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